During its first two years of production, Panini America’s Black Gold Football was a heavy metal product. The metal returns in for the current season, but it is not as pronounced in Year 3. The release date is set for February 1.
Certainly, the black and the gold return in force, along with the shadowbox design that dominates the base set.
2016 Panini Black Gold Football Configuration
A hobby box of Black Gold will contain two packs, with five cards to a pack. Panini is promising two autographed or memorabilia cards per pack, along with an additional hit that could be an autograph, relic or metal card.
Each pack also will feature two shadowbox inserts and a pair of base cards. Because there will be fewer metal cards, there should be some more traditional hot cards in this set. How many fewer? Panini said that there will be “roughly 25,000 fewer” metal piece than the 2015 set. However, that will be compensated with approximately 23,000 more autograph and relic cards.
The shadowbox design returns for the base set. There will be 48 current NFL stars and 33 retired legends in the base. Shadowboxes give the card a two-tiered look, with acetate being one of the elements. Black and gold will be the primary colors.
New This Year
There are several new features in 2016 Panini Black Gold football. Making their debut will be Gold Records Autographs, Gold Nuggets, Gold Rush, Golden Hands, Hall of Fame Symbols and Reverse Gold parallels. There also will be Autograph Jersey cards. Other autographs include Gold Strike Autographs and Black Gold Rookie Autographs (with signatures in gold). Gold Records will feature autographs of current veteran players and Hall of Famers who have set NFL records. Hall of Fame Symbols will be a metal-piece insert.
Autographs and Metals
Panini is also promising more on-card autographs in Black Gold, which is a plus for a high-end set. Sizeable Signatures and Grand Debut Autographs also will have 1/1 NFL Shield variations. These two subsets will feature autographs from the top players of the NFL rookie class.
One autograph to look for, Panini said, is that of Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown.
While the metal presence has been diminished somewhat, there still are some premium cards with a metal theme. Metallic Marks will be cards with on-card autographs penned on pieces of black or gold metals. Parallels will be found in White Gold and 1/1 Black Gold versions.
As far as relics go, Massive Materials will be the main memorabilia-only cards in the set. This subset will feature large memorabilia swatches, and some collectors will pull tag and 1/1 NFL Shield versions.
There are plenty of parallels to go around in this set, mixing shadowbox designs with more metal-based efforts. Expect a shadowbox insert in every pack. Themes single out quarterbacks (Golden Arms), running backs (Gold Rush) and receivers (Golden Hands). Look for parallels numbered from 225 to 1/1s and printing plates.
Quad Team Symbols will be metal cards numbered to 50 or less. These cards will feature four players from the same franchise, and there will be a 1/1 Holo Gold parallel.